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What Do You Do With Yarn Scraps?

22 Jan

Yarn ScrapsI have a confession. I’m a yarn scrap hoarder. I can’t bear to throw the little things away! I put them in a big zipper bag and all the colors are pleasing to look at.

If a piece of yarn is longer than my arm, I bundle it up and keep it for something else. I call them yarn morsels. Sometimes they’re just right for an embellishment or a bow. If there’s enough yarn to make a granny square center I will do that. A lot of squares start out with a center made of 3DC, CH2 four times. If I run across a square that needs one, I have one made!

If I have a 10 yard piece sometimes I put those in my Etsy shop! I noticed that people seemed to be selling such things and I thought to myself “Why in the world would you want a 10 yard piece of yarn?” I found that you can do a lot with 10 yards. You can make a 4 inch granny square! You can make a flower. You can make a couple of YoYos.

Here are a few more things you can do with them:

  • Stuff them into amigurumi (I put them in netting or something)
  • Put them outside in the spring for birds to nest with.
  • Donate them to a preschool or kindergarten. They use them for crafts!
  • Knot them together securely and crochet something with them. It’s a cool effect.
  • Fill clear glass ornaments with them
  • Use them in a decoupage or mixed media project
  • Put them in a jar and admire them

What do you do with your scraps? And at what length do you tell yourself you just can’t keep it? Let me know!

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Scraps, Tips

 

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8 responses to “What Do You Do With Yarn Scraps?

  1. E.C.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I usually don’t keep any yarn under 3 inches. I use yarn scraps in plastic canvas and other crafts to for bows and pom-poms and such as that.
    I like your suggestions. Very creative ideas.
    Thanks for telling about the 10 yards. I’ve seen yarn offered in such lengths, but I didn’t know what a person could it for. I thought maybe plastic canvas, latch hook or needle point.
    Interesting info, thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    • craftlyn

      January 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      A 2-3 inch piece could also be used for latch hooking!

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      • E.C.

        January 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

        True
        I just remembered, shorter pieces of yarn can be used for hair on homemade dolls and other critters. Even 1 inch and shorter can be used for gluing it on top of sculpted doll heads. I’ve used it like that for my dolls.
        πŸ™‚

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        • craftlyn

          January 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

          Doll hair is a great idea! Probably useful on amigurumi, too, since those can be pretty small!

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  2. Bekka Poo

    January 24, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    It’s hard to throw away any materials that come into my possession, but usually I don’t keep scraps that are smaller than a few inches. I mostly use them as stitch markers, but haven’t thought about some of these other uses..

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    • craftlyn

      January 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Oh yes! I’d forgotten about stitch markers. I do that in a pinch, though I do love my little plastic stitch markers that look like little locks. πŸ˜€ I also use them to tie gift tags onto things. Or when I need to put a tag on a project to remind me of the pattern or something.

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  3. Jess P

    January 28, 2013 at 7:53 am

    If it’s at least as long as my arm, I ball it up and save it. After a couple months, I take all my scraps and make hats for the local children’s hospital.
    If it’s about half as long as my arm, I use it to tie around our homebrew bottles for beer and mead, color coding yarn with flavor/style.
    Less than half my arm’s length, and I use it for stuffing or toss it outside for birds. I do my best to use all of my yarn.

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    • craftlyn

      January 28, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Oh, I like the bottle coding idea. And I’ll bet it makes the bottles look festive, too.

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